That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.
It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe.
You can't fool all of the people all of the time. But it isn't necessary.
If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle" and the other isn't.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
I think Ronald Reagan was one of the great presidents, period, not just recently. I thought he had the demeanor. I thought he had the bearing. I thought he had the thought process.
Gary Busey said on the Today Show yesterday that Donald Trump would make a great President. Now Trump just needs endorsements from Randy Quaid and Charlie Sheen.
As prime minister, I worked closely with Ronald Reagan for eight of the most important years of all our lives. We talked regularly both before and after his presidency. And I have had time and cause to reflect on what made him a great president.
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt faced adversities that, in their times, seemed impregnable. Great presidents overcome great odds.
Truman left in the middle of an unpopular war, a war of choice. Truman didn't have to go into South Korea. And he was reviled and ridiculed for the stalemate that resulted. Now, he's seen as one of the great presidents of the 20th century.
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